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Something you should know about me is that I really, really love turtlenecks. Specifically, black turtlenecks. Once the weather dips below about 50 degrees, after all, you just can’t find a more versatile top.
It pairs perfectly with mini skirts and tights, layers easily under your favorite slip dresses and sleeveless shifts — and tucked into skinny black pants, it makes you look like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. Or Taylor Swift in the “Shake It Off” video, if you prefer a comparison that’s not quite as cliché and also if your goal in life is dressing like Taylor Swift (okay, maybe that’s just me).
Anyway, I’ve tested a bunch of basic black turtlenecks over the years, and my absolute favorite is from Brandy Melville. Why? For starters, it’s incredibly soft, which makes it a very appealing choice on mornings when it’s so chilly you can’t bear the thought of getting out of bed (but, you know, have to). It’s under $25, which means that once it inevitably fades, pills, and/or generally loses its luster after hundreds of washes and wears, it can be easily replaced. And it’s ribbed, which means it stretches where it needs to but remains closely fitted around your waist, arms, and neck for a flattering look.
Last year’s version of the Kendra Turtleneck, which I own in both black and gray, featured extra-long sleeves with thumb holes that make me feel like a ‘90s emo kid again. Tragically, Brandy seems to have removed that design detail on this year’s iteration, but otherwise it’s the same style. Not bad for something that costs less than a nice bottle of wine — and will last far longer.